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Obesity-related hospital admissions 'double in four years'

From BBC - April 4, 2018

Hospital admissions where obesity is a factor have more than doubled in England during the last four years, new figures from NHS Digital suggest.

There were almost 617,000 appointments in 2016-17 where obesity was either a primary or secondary diagnosis - up from 292,000 in 2012-13.

Primary diagnoses involve weight-loss treatment, while secondary ones include hip problems and heart attacks.

Public Health England said it showed obesity was a "significant challenge".

Obesity is linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

A secondary diagnosis of obesity means it would not be the reason for the admission but a factor that may contribute to the health issue and affect the type of care a patient receives.

Obesity was the main cause of 10,705 admissions - an 8% increase on the year before - and bariatric surgery appointments increased by 5% to 6,760 over the same period.

Those aged between 35 and 64 made up 69% of the admissions.

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